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International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify vaccine delivery
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International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify vaccine delivery

© Shutterstock Leaders of several international organizations including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization met with the CEOs of leading vaccine manufacturing companies to discuss way to improve low- and lower-middle income countries’ access to the COVID-19 vaccines. The Task Force expressed its concern that...

Bill targets essential medicines ingredients stockpile
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Bill targets essential medicines ingredients stockpile

© Shutterstock Credit: CDC A pair of lawmakers have introduced a bill they said seeks to create an emergency supply of key ingredients used in essential generic medicines. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) maintain the bipartisan Promoting Readiness and Ensuring Proper Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Reserves of Essential Medicines (PREPARE) Act of 2021...

Bill seeks to initiate war funding controls
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Bill seeks to initiate war funding controls

A pair of lawmakers introduced a bill that seeks to place Congressional controls on the use of emergency funding for enduring wars. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Braun (R-IN) maintain the Restraining Emergency War Spending Act prescribes a statutory definition to classify emergency war spending while establishing a permanent budget against measures including emergency...

CBP cracking down on counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and fake Pfizer inoculation seals
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CBP cracking down on counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and fake Pfizer inoculation seals

© Shutterstock Since August 16, 2021, United States Customers and Border Protection (CBP) officers have reported seizing as many as five shipments of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, amounting to 1,683 total forged cards and 2,034 equally counterfeit Pfizer inoculation stickers. It’s a growing problem as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on: CBP reports that it has...

COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus sees $2 billion for vaccine manufacturing as mere starting point
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COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus sees $2 billion for vaccine manufacturing as mere starting point

© Shutterstock While buoyed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s advancement of the Build Back Better Act, and the offerings therein, the United States COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus chimed in last week to note that its offers for vaccine manufacturing are just a beginning. The caucus consists of U.S. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Pramila...

CDC to provide $2.1 billion from American Rescue Plan to strengthen infection preparation
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CDC to provide $2.1 billion from American Rescue Plan to strengthen infection preparation

© Shutterstock Centers for Disease Control The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intends to invest $2.1 billion to improve infection prevention and control activities at the state, local and territorial levels, and better improve national capabilities to prepare for emerging infectious diseases. These funds will be pulled from the American Rescue...

Collins, Shaheen introduce legislation to tackle “Havana Syndrome”
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Collins, Shaheen introduce legislation to tackle “Havana Syndrome”

© Shutterstock U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation Friday that would tackle the federal government’s response to suspected directed energy attacks, also known as “Havana Syndrome”. The legislation, the Directed Energy Threat Emergency Response Act, would reform how the U.S. government investigates suspected directed energy attacks, as well as improve...

Over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits focus of $647 million in DoD contracts
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Over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits focus of $647 million in DoD contracts

© Shutterstock Working in concert with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) last week awarded four contracts valued at a total of $647 million for the purchase of over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, these efforts are meant to build up...

Florida lawmakers urge HHS to reverse decision on monoclonal antibody drug rationing
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Florida lawmakers urge HHS to reverse decision on monoclonal antibody drug rationing

© Shutterstock Marco Rubio A group of lawmakers from Florida are encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reverse its decision to ration monoclonal antibody (mAb) drugs for COVID-19 outpatient treatment. The lawmakers said the HHS decision would result in Florida facing a deficit of doses. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) spearheaded a...

Lawmakers advocate for U.S.-Canada border reopening
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Lawmakers advocate for U.S.-Canada border reopening

© Shutterstock A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to President Joe Biden, encouraging efforts allowing vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. “As Senators who represent states along the northern border, our communities have been deeply affected by the restrictions on travel,” the legislators wrote. “Many of our communities...